"Scout was perfect for exploring the South Island!"
Scout’s Review: In researching and reaching out from the Pacific Northwe...
In researching and reaching out from the Pacific Northwest to New Zealand,
Graham and Susan at Campa South Rentals proved to be reliable, reasonably/competitively priced and resourceful.
We rented the 2008 Nissan Vanette Self-Contained Sleepervan for its unmarked, unadorned, plain, straight-forward and reliable drive to freedom camp in New Zealand. Graham and Susan pinpointed the map to the wild South Island we were anticipating. Graham was clear about the mechanics of the Vanette and offered his direct telephone number if the squeaky fan belt squeaked longer than it should in the startup; his briefing was essential, comprehensive and honest and definitely enhanced our travel. Susan was efficient in the communication process throughout and even tucked in a vintage plaid wool blanket for extra warmth as the end of summer was nearing. The best stargazing was over the moon with that wool blanket thrown across our shoulders. The wide boxy windows offered views of the boastful night skies. While watching sunrises standing just outside the Campervan, under the back hatch made for the perfect covered porch and making a pot of pressed coffee. The well packed kitchen was an ease for picnic suppers of lamb sausage and burgers, rice curries and those crisp local carrots. The chilly bin was perfect for packing ice and cold ginger beers. The compact size of the Vanette offered the freedom to explore the South Island coastlines, to drive the valley toward Mt. Cook, to take the White Road tour at Yealands Family Wines (www.yealands.co.nz), and to freedom camp at ocean shores and watch the cows come home at the tide lines.
On our last day, we lingered at Birdlings Flat just south of Christchurch on Banks Peninsula to watch the rocks tumble from the wash of ocean waves. It was on the second day, we named this straightforward and worthy of adventure van, “Scout”. Scout made the best traveling companion to see New Zealand!
Thank you for the wide open hospitality of New Zealand and Scout.
Julie and Terry Rousseau
Pacific Northwest. Washington State, USA
This writing cannot go without saying, we started this travel following New Zealand’s darkest day on 15 March 2019. We offer our sorrow and compassion. The people and country met it all with good courage and faith in the common good.
#theyareus. Washington State, USA
Not knowing what to expect, we were extremely happy with Campa South. Clean, dependable rig with ample room, (love the Hi top). Outfitted with all the little extras to make for a comfortable adventure. Great service, and thanks again for all the tidbits of valuable info. We'll be back!
Holiday was simply fun,
in your happy camper van.
We were feeling waterproof,
under comfy higher roof.
We could travel at big seals,
quickly in home on four wheels.
We saved really lots of money,
with your family company.
Hey Michal, thanks for the great review and poem. It was our pleasure to host you, and we wish you all the best for the year ahead. Warm regards
Susan and Graham
We hired a van with Campa South during the month of November 2018 and absolutely loved it.
- Safety&Kindness : throughout the trip, we really had the feeling we were in good hands. I think when you rent a van you first want to feel safe, and that's how we felt thank's to Campa South owners (Graham&Susan) and Graham's brother Bevan. If we had a problem with the van, we knew that we could really rely on them and that's priceless.
- Great van : outside the van, no tags or brand on the van (simple white van). Inside, the van had a lot of storing space and every thing you need to live (toaster, heater, kettle, gas cooker, cooking tools, cups&glasses, plates, forks/knives/spoons etc, cooking tools, camping table and camping chairs for when you want to eat outside, flashlights, cushions, duvets...).
- No hidden cost : honest people.
For all of these reasons, we would recommend to anyone to pick this company to hire a van. The vans they rent are great and well arranged and they are such kind and lovely people. Enjoy your trip!
Thanks for the kind words Claire, we are pleased we could host you, and that you had a great time in our beautiful country. We would love to see you again if you return this way.
Graham and Sue run an amazing service. They gave great advice, including apps to use to find good camping sites. They were really helpful with pick-up and drop-off. The van we had was comfortable, clean, and fully equipped. Nothing broke!!! Everything was maintained to a high standard. Having a fully self-contained van meant we could stop anywhere and enjoy the scenery. Definitely recommend going the fully-self-contained way! And Graham and Sue are such friendly, welcoming, helpful people. Thank you so much for such a lovely experience. You really helped to make our stay in NZ enjoyable and stress-free!!!
Thanks Karen and Andrew - the pleasure was ours, and we would love to see you again
Having already used Campa South in the past & found Graham & Susan very easy to work with as well as extremely friendly we opted to use them again. The van was awesome, especially the heater when the weather turned nasty.
It was well kitted out with all that was required including warm bedding. The van drove well & was well maintained. Unfortunately we had a puncture but it was very professionally dealt with by AA with whom Campa South has a contract. They were there within an hour. No worries about being assisted on the roadside. We have no hesitation in recommending Graham & Susan along with their vans for a great holiday.
Our pleasure. We hope to see you again in the future